replica

noun
rep·​li·​ca | \ˈre-pli-kə \

Definition of replica 

1 : an exact reproduction (as of a painting) executed by the original artist a replica of this was painted … this year— Constance Strachey

2 : a copy exact in all details DNA makes a replica of itself sailed a replica of the Viking ship broadly : copy this faithful, pathetic replica of a Midwestern suburb — G. F. Kennan

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reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing. reproductions from the museum's furniture collection duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing. a duplicate of a house key copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically. printed 1000 copies of the lithograph facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale. a facsimile of a rare book replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details a replica of the Mayflower but not always in the same scale. miniature replicas of classic cars

Examples of replica in a Sentence

We toured a replica of the ship. It's an authentic replica of an ancient Greek urn.

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Now, royal fans have the opportunity to see the bride's stunning Givenchy gown and a replica of the groom's uniform up close, along with commentary from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex themselves from an audio guide. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Talk About the Hidden Details in Prince George and Princess Charlotte's Royal Wedding Looks," 26 Oct. 2018 Sometimes referred to as the Cambridge Lover's Knot, the topper is, in fact, a replica of an earlier tiara. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Stunning Lover's Knot Tiara Has a Fascinating Royal History," 23 Oct. 2018 Tsuruga castle, a modern replica of the 14th-century structure that was the last bastion of samurai warriors, appeared as a chalky smudge on a hill. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 Town Square, a 9,000-square-foot replica of a 1950s-era town in Chula Vista, California, is designed to jog the memories of people with dementia by surrounding them with familiar places and activities from their past. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Fake ’50s town offers real benefits for people with dementia," 20 Sep. 2018 The top hat, wheelbarrow, and Scottie dog are now tiny replicas of Sophia's purse, Stan's toupee, and Rose's teddy bear. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Stop Everything: 'Golden Girls' Monopoly and Clue Are 40% Off on Amazon," 16 July 2018 Behind the Songs at Prince Louis' Christening However, the original gown could no longer be worn and in order to preserve it, a replica had to be made. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "The Long, Storied History Behind Prince Louis’s Christening Gown," 10 July 2018 Northern Kentucky's Noah's Ark replica attracted one million visitors during its second year of operation, officials said. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Ark Encounter reports 1 million visitors in second year," 5 July 2018 Along with the perfect makeup, Lizzo also wore a replica of Ursula's necklace, some seashell earrings, and a long black dress. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lizzo Dressed Up as Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” For Halloween," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of replica

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for replica

Italian, repetition, from replicare to repeat, from Late Latin, from Latin, to fold back — more at reply

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replica

noun

English Language Learners Definition of replica

: an exact or very close copy of something

replica

noun
rep·​li·​ca | \ˈre-pli-kə \

Kids Definition of replica

: a very exact copy

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